Above: Team at Ultra- Yearling Manager Emily Taylor is the second from the right.
Like every Victorian, Ultra Thoroughbred Racing in Kilmore have been eagerly awaiting Inglis Gold sale.
Their yearling supervisor Emily Taylor has put countless hours and time into ensuring this draft is, as her manager Anthony Swords describes the yearlings, ‘as the best draft of yearlings which Ultra and Golden Grove have produced, so far.’
Presenting a draft of 12 for the Inglis Gold sale, the majority of the draft except for two are the progeny of Rosemont sire Shamus Award, who Ultra have the majority ownership share of.
While Anthony does acknowledge that the yearlings could have been presented for other sales, the operation has decided to give the Victorian market the first opportunity to purchase these sons and daughters of Shamus Award.
“We have been waiting to sell these yearlings since April. While we could have sent them to other sales, we couldn’t have predicted what COVID was going to do but we wanted to give the Victorian bench the first bite of the cherry,” Anthony Swords – General Manager of Ultra Thoroughbred Racing commented.
“We have had five withdrawals however this is due to four being sold prior to the sale and we decided to retain a filly as she has great bloodlines,” Anthony said.
The four which were purchased were two by Lindsay Park Racing (Lot 382 & 446) and another two by Troy Corstens (Lot 105 & 248) and the final lot, 329, being retained by Ultra, who will be raced by the team.
Shamus Award moved from the Hunter Valley to Victoria’s Rosemont Stud for the 2019 breeding season.
With seven stakes winners to date, his progeny includes horses such as Mr Quickie, Etana, Soul Patch and Flying Award.
While these yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Gold sale were conceived while the stallion stood in the Hunter, the mares were moved to Victoria either in foal or with their foal at foot.
“I think the move from the Hunter Valley down to Victoria due to the drought has done wonders for the horses. They have grown out well and had access to green pastures, which has allowed them to be strong and good boned. This has been integral in their development,” Anthony commented.
The three yearlings which Anthony believes will command good money for when the bidding starts online are lot 209 a King Cugat x Testthebudget colt, lot 341 a Shamus Award x Culminate (NZ) colt and lot 349 a Shamus Award x Dane Julia (SAF) colt.
“The King Cugat x Testthebudget colt, may do just that! He is a big strong athletic colt who has a big strong shoulder and a powerful hind quarter. He is out of a Testa Rossa mare and a black type, listed and group winning family. He’s also the full brother to Budget King,” Anthony commented.
“The Shamus Award x Culminate colt is a ready to run 2-year-old sprinter type. He has a strong shoulder and hind quarter, good length of rein and strong presence in the stable. He is out of a multiple group 1 winning mare over 1200 to 1600m and a family of group and listed race winners. He is definitely one for trainers to keep their eye on,” Anthony said.
“Finally, the Shamus Award x Dane Julia colt is another that you can’t go past. He is smart colt with a nice head, good girth and length of rein, forward moving and well grown. He would definitely be a 2-year-old runner. Dam Dane Julia is a mare by Caesour with 9 wins including international group 1, 2, 3 and listed races between 1400 metres and 1800 metres,” Anthony said.
“Ultra are committed to supporting Shamus 100% of the way and this draft represents his best to date. We will continue to produce the best for the market and no doubt this will translate to success on the track,” Anthony said.
Ultra Thoroughbred Racing are welcoming buyers to come and inspect the draft at their Kilmore based property. To arrange an inspection, you can contact Anthony on 0428 876 876.
To view their draft, click here.
Hoofnote: While the draft are not nominated for Super VOBIS, Ultra Thoroughbred Racing would be more than happy to provide the necessary documents for the yearlings to quality for Category C of the Super VOBIS program.